CrossFit Games

What You Need to Know Going Into Day Two

July 27, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Kay Wiese
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It’s a full packed day as we welcome the individual athletes to the competition stage in addition to the age group and adaptive athletes. More fans are starting to trickle into the Alliant Energy Center grounds to cheer on the men and women who made it to Madison after a year’s hiatus.

One big thing: For the first time, we’re seeing the kayak introduced at the Games. While we have the data to predict who might have done well in a paddle board event, the kayak is a completely different beast paired with the longest uninterrupted swim event ever programmed: 1 mile. 

  • But in a fun twist, the swim is programmed with flippers, which may trip up athletes who aren’t used to swimming with those one. 

The weather is forecasted to be a high of 91F (32C) and a low of 68F (20C) in Madison, WI. 

  • Follow our live blog to stay up to date with what’s going on around the arena. 
  • Here’s how to follow all the individual athletes through their social media accounts.
  • Last but not least, if you’re in Madison, here are all the activities to get involved inside and outside the arena. 
  • All age group and adaptive leaderboards are available on our Instagram.

Speed read: A few stories that came out yesterday to get you up to speed. 

  • Larissa Cunha has been disqualified from the CrossFit Games after testing positive for Ostarine, a SARM compound. 
  • Dan Bailey tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from the competition. This comes a day after Bethany Shadburne also had to withdraw after testing positive for the virus.
  • Individual vents start today, and we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at athlete check-in.
  • Expect to see Jayson Hopper with the iconic swoosh across his sneakers at the CrossFit Games after announcing his partnership with Nike.
  • Dani Speegle partnered with supplement company Momentous. Lauren Fisher also recently joined the brand.
  • Former Regional CrossFit athlete, Maude Charron, took home a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in weightlifting. She joins the elite group of CrossFitters to also compete in the Olympics with Tia-Clair Toomey who placed 14th in weightlifting in Rio and Anna Tunnicliffe who took the gold medal in sailing in Beijing.

Three videos worth watching:

  • Adaptive athlete Casey Acree kicked off Event 1 with a first-place finish. He also took home $1,000 for sporting a pair of Reeboks through their Bonus Program. But for him, he says, “for a lot of us we’ve been waiting a lot of years for CrossFit to include the adaptive division,” and it’s not as much about the money but being included in the Games.
  • 65-year-old Denise Ristow took third in the run event with a time of 28:06. When talking about how her fitness has improved with age, Ristow said, “I don’t know if I could have made it 30 years ago.”
  • 15-year-old CrossFit Games rookie Olivia Kerstetter snatches 202 pounds/91kg to take the event win. Her snatch would have been good enough to also take first in the 16-17 division by five pounds.

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